DEMAREE:Five years and a Day in the Bluegrass

Of the many those family members who traveled distances to support the Pro Day activities of their offsprings, the Burtons traveled from Louisville and Andre Woodson's mother, Robin, traveled from Radcliffe, Kentucky. But the farthest traveler to the Pro Day activities was Tommy and Mary Day, parents of five-year senior, Travis Day.

They made the trek from Columbus, Georgia, which is an eight-hour drive. With the supportive aforementioned families, it is little wonder that Rich Brooks has a squad full class young men. Police Captain Kevin Franklin, a twenty-five veteran of UK's police force, said these are by far the classiest bunch of youngster he's been involved with since he's been on the force.

"This is a really, really pretty place," a elated Mary Day said. "It's so clean up here, you can smell the clean air up here." She said they came from The University of South Carolina in 2002 to get an overview of the school (UK).

Mary Day said they stay in Hamburg Place when they come up to the games. "The food is good and the shopping is good," she said. "I can buy dresses for my four grandchildren. I still plan to come back for some games, at lest one and maybe two a season." She spoke of the good times she had at both bowls and even though she didn't say it but given the enthusiasm for the plight of UK football, it's little doubt they will be making it to the next bowl. Her husband drives an eighteen wheeler for his occupation and she is a AAA Director with Area Agency on Aging.

Travis Day is a Carver High School graduate in Columbus, Georgia. Carver won the state championship in their class this season. "I tried to get the stars to come to Kentucky but they didn't want to come this far. I will recruit for Kentucky in the future."

She said they did summer camp at the University of Georgia and Auburn University and Mary Day said Kentucky has by far the best facilities. She said she can't say enough about the staff and coach Brooks. She said extra tickets have been readily accessible when she had family that wanted to attend the games. The only game they missed in Lexington was the LSU game because of her husbands job. "The eight-hour drive takes a sacrifice," she expressed. She said out of twelve games, they were in Lexington for 10 of them. "We were even asked to come to Baylor when Guy Morriss went there. They flew us out there but we chose to stay at UK.

"He (Travis) had an aunt and uncle come down from Chicago, Illinois to a game. They liked Lexington so well that when they retire they want to come to Lexington to live." What a testimonial for the city of Lexington and the UK football program.

It's been five years and a Day stay at UK and all ends well. The best of good fortune for Travis and the Day family in the future and perhaps this won't be the last of the Day's in the Bluegrass.

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